Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review

February 7, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |



Optical Zoom NO
Clear Image Zoom 2x
Digital Zoom 24M Approx. 4x / 10M Approx.6.1x / 4.6M Approx.9.1x
Maximum Aperture F2.0
Focal Length (f= mm) 35mm fixed focal length
Focus Distance AF Approx.24cm to infinity (Normal mode), Approx.14cm to 29cm (Macro mode)
Filter Diameter (mm) 49
Conversion Lens compatibility NO
Carl Zeiss® lens YES (F2.0/ Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T*)
Sony G NO

Image Sensory

Sensor Type 35mm Full frame Exmor™
Size (Inches) 35mm Full-Frame (35.8mm x 23.9mm)


Effective Pixels (Mega Pixels) Approx. 24.3
IS Face Detection YES
IS Smile Shutter YES
Soft Skin Effect NO
Background Defocus NO
Waterproof NO
Auto HDR YES (OFF/Auto Exposure Difference/Exposure difference level 1.0 to 6.0 EV, 1 EV step)
Picture Effect Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Sweep Panorama YES
Intelligent Sweep Panorama NO
Underwater Sweep Panorama NO
3D Sweep Panorama NO
Auto Focus Area (Multi Point) YES
Auto Focus Area (Centre weighted) YES
Auto Focus Area (Spot) NO
Auto Focus Area (Flexible Spot) YES
Focus Mode Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Direct Manual Focus / Manual Focus
Aperture Auto Mode NO
Aperture F2.0-22
Shutter Speed Program Auto(30”-1/4000*), Aperture Priority(30”-1/4000*), Shutter Priority(30”-1/4000*), Manual Exposure(Bulb, 30”-1/4000*)
Exposure Compensation ± 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent warm white, Fluorescent cool white, Fluorescent day white, Fluorescent daylight, Flash, C.Temp./Filter, Custom
Automatic White Balance YES
Light Metering (Multi Pattern) YES
Light Metering (Centre weighted) YES
Light Metering (Spot) YES
ISO Sensitivity (REI) Auto (ISO100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit), (Extendable to ISO50/64/80), Multi-Frame NR:Auto (ISO100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit) 100-102400
Scene Selection Portrait / Landscape / Sports Action / Sunset / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Hand-held Twilight
* *Maximum speed at F5.6 or greater aperture value. Maximum speed at F2.0 is 1/2000


SteadyShot capability YES (Electronic type for movie)
Optical SteadyShot capability NO

Auto Focus System

AF Illuminator Auto / Off


Flash Mode Auto / Fill-flash / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync / Flash Off / Wireless
Red-Eye Correction On / Off
Auto Daylight Synchronized Flash YES (for flash exposure control)
Distance limitations using Flash (m) ISO Auto 0.75m to 21.7m, ISO 25600 up to 43.3m

LCD/ Viewfinder

LCD Screen Size (inches) 7.5cm(3type)
LCD Total Dots Number 1.228,8
LCD Monitor Type TFT Xtra Fine
Auto Bright Monitoring YES
Optical Viewfinder NO (optional)
Electrical Viewfinder NO (optional)


Recording Media Memory Stick™ Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ / Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (high speed) / Memory Stick PRO HG Duo™ / Memory Stick Micro / Memory Stick Micro (mark 2)
Recording Media II SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / SDXC Memory Card / microSD Memory Card / microSDHC Memory Card
Recording Format Still image: JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), Movie: AVCHD Ver.2.0, MP4
DCF (Design rule for Camera File System) YES
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) YES
Burst Mode (shots) Approx. 5 fps*
Still Image L size (3:2 mode) 24M (6000 x 4000)
Still Image M size (3:2 mode) 10M (3936 x 2624)
Still Image S size (3:2 mode) 4.6M (2640 x1760)
Still Image L size (4:3 mode) NO
Still Image M size (4:3 mode) NO
Still Image S size (4:3 mode) NO
Still Image L size (16:9 mode) 20M (6000 x 3376)
Still Image M size (16:9 mode) 8.7M (3936 x 2216)
Still Image S size (16:9 mode) 3.9M (2640 x 1488)
Still Image VGA (4:3 mode) NO
Still Image L size (1:1 mode) NO
Still Image M size (1:1 mode) NO
Still Image S size (1:1 mode) NO
2D Panorama Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856) / Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856)
Moving Image Size (1920x1080 50p Approx.28Mbps) (AVCHD) YES
Moving Image Size (1920x1080 50i Approx.24Mbps) (AVCHD) YES
Moving Image Size (1920x1080 50i Approx.17Mbps) (AVCHD) YES
Moving Image Size (1920x1080 24p Approx.24Mbps) (AVCHD) YES
Moving Image Size (1920x1080 24p Approx.17Mbps) (AVCHD) YES
Moving Image Size (1440x1080 30fps Fine Approx.12Mbps) (MP4) YES
Moving Image Size (640x480 30fps Approx.3Mbps) (VGA) YES
* Speed may vary depending on shooting conditions and media.

Playback/ Edit

HD (High Definition) Playback YES (HDMI® out)
Slideshow (Playback) YES
Trimming NO
Playback Zoom YES
Cue & Review (MPEG) YES
Index Playback YES
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES
Auto grouping and & Best Picture Recognition NO


Battery Remaining Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Print Image Matching YES
PictBridge NO
Shop Front Mode YES
Menu Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian , Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian, Romanian


Multi use Terminal with HD Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB, Micro HDMI®, Microphone Jack, Multi Interface Shoe
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES

Power/ Others

Battery System Lithium-ion
Supplied Battery NP-BX1
Stamina (battery life) with the supplied battery(s) in normal shooting condition Approx. 220 / Approx. 110min
Battery for Clock NO
Weight (g) Approx. 453g (16oz.)
Weight with Accessories (g) Approx. 482g (17oz.)
Supplied Software PlayMemories Home (Lite)
Supplied Accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1), AC Adaptor (AC-UD10/11), Micro USB cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual


Width (mm) 113.3
Height (mm) 65.4
Depth (mm) 69.6


* Requires adaptor (not supplied)